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45-foot Paper Airplane Takes Flight

March 26, 2012 by staff 

45-foot Paper Airplane Takes Flight, An astounding 45-foot long airplane took flight in the Arizona desert, in what may be a history-making event.

The Pima Air & Space Museum launched the behemoth Wednesday, calling it a historic flight. The enormous paper airplane glided at about 100 mph for 7 to 10 seconds before falling to the ground, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The plane was made with layers of falcon board, which is a material similar to a pizza box, the Times reports.

The flight team included, lead engineer Art Thompson, credited for the concept and development of the B2 Stealth Bomber among other aircrafts, and 12-year old Arturo Valdenegro, who won a paper-plane fly-off in January.

“A couple months ago, hundreds of kids came to the museum to show us what paper airplane flying was all about,” the organization said on their website. “And now, inspired by their enthusiasm, we built a 45-foot paper airplane (quite possibly the largest ever constructed) and flew it.”

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